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Our Mission


To improve and enhance the educational experience of Aboriginal students, families and staff within Edmonton Public Schools.


Our Guiding Principles
  • having the Aboriginal perspective guide educational planning and program delivery;
  • understanding, accepting, validating, recognizing, and implementing the Aboriginal way of knowing, learning and doing;
  • drawing on the strengths of Aboriginal peoples.

Our Board Policy


The Edmonton Public School Board passed the Aboriginal Education Policy in May, 2007. Click here to go to the Policy.

District Goals

  • increase Aboriginal representation at all levels of Education (Elder Consultation);
  • understand and utilize Aboriginal protocol at all levels;
  • increase Post Secondary opportunities for Aboriginal students;
  • increase the number of Aboriginal student leaders;
  • identify culturally sensitive assessment practices resulting in more accurate and decreased coding of Aboriginal students;
  • create opportunities for Aboriginal parental involvement at various levels within Edmonton Public Schools.
Self-Identification of First Nation, Métis, or Inuit Students

Each year, parents/guardians can choose to self-identify their child as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit (FNMI) during the registration process in Edmonton Public Schools. Should a parent/guardian declare this information, additional funding from the Government of Alberta will be provided to the District. This funding is used to provide programs and services to support the education of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. The process is voluntary, confidential and allocation of funds is targeted to support and enhance the educational experience of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. Please click here for more information on the process.

 

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Pow wow Practice – Braided Journey’s family nights, learn to sing and dance. Bring your family and friends. Click here for more information

Kasp is an award winning hip hop performer.  Click here to go to his website

ConocoPhillips Canada presents awards annually to Aboriginal students who demonstrate hard work and dedication in pursuit of higher learning. Efforts can include upgrading their secondary education or entering a post-secondary program. Awards are granted on a yearly basis and may be used to cover portions of tuition, books or living expenses.  Click here for more informationEdmonton Cultural Society invites everyone to attend their Northern Drum Dance and Song every onday to Friday. Click here for more information

Creating Hope Society of Alberta invites you to participate in Drumming/Dancing Lessons and eadingClasses on Monday evenings.  Click here for more information

Aboriginal Skills Development Program (ASDP) is a national program which provides students with opportunities to learn about the federal government and gain valuable experience while developing and improving their employability skills. Click here for more information

The Bold Eagle Program provides Aboriginal youth with summer employment that offers a combination of military training and First Nations cultural awareness. Click here for more information

Young Aboriginal Leaders - Click here for more information about becoming an Aboriginal Leader of Tomorrow.  

Métis Training to Employment (MTE) - Our Programs provide Métis youth with skill development and real work experience that show what the future may hold.  Click here for more information Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR) - Wouldn't it be great to go to work everyday and LOVE what you do?! The environmental sector is one of the best places to find something that everyone will love and Aboriginal EnviroCareers will show you how.  Click here for more information

Trade Winds to Success Training Society – Putting Aboriginal People to Work in the Trades.  This 18 week Aboriginal pre-apprenticeship training program will provide the skills and knowledge to start a career in several trades. The program is open to Métis, Inuit and First Nations people of Alberta. Training is offered in Edmonton and Calgary.  Click here for more information

A local non-profit organization, iHuman provides youth arts programming to teens aged 12 to 24 in Edmonton. Through iHuman and the arts, Edmonton youth are able to find their own identity, become more empowered, and create their own compelling futures.  Click here for more information

 


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Call for Nominations for the Senator Thelma Chalifoux Awards. Potential candidates are individuals or organizations that have consistently demonstrated commitment to Aboriginal student success. Click here for more information

Pow wow Practice – Braided Journey’s family nights, learn to sing and dance. Bring your family and friends. Click here for more information

Royal Alberta Museum presents Exploring tales and traditions from Canada’s North. Click here for more information

Ben Calf Robe Society invites you to look at their available groups and supports for parents. Click here for more information on the 2013 programs available.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch (Northern Alberta) Ltd. is a non-denominational, non-profit organization that works directly with youth, families and Agencies who are or work with physically, mentally, financially and/or emotionally challenged people; while providing a fun opportunity to experience the natural outdoor environment. Click here for information on this FREE program

Community and Social Development, Family and Community Support provides short term counselling and groups support services. Please click here for a list of their drop in and registered groups

Use your recreational, sport, artistic, and people skills to make a difference this summer - Applications are currently being accepted for Youth Mentors and Arts Mentors to work within the Alberta’s Future Leaders program (AFL) – for more information about the AFL program and a detailed job description, click here

ConocoPhillips Canada presents awards annually to Aboriginal students who demonstrate hard work and dedication in pursuit of higher learning. Efforts can include upgrading their secondary education or entering a post-secondary program. Awards are granted on a yearly basis and may be used to cover portions of tuition, books or living expenses.  Click here for more information

Mother Bear - Journey to Healing - Cultural healing and reconnection for former residential school survivors and others affected by the intergenerational legacy of the residential school system. Talking circles take place every Tuesday and Thursday. Click here for more information

The Media Awareness Network has an interesting article on The Development of Aboriginal Broadcasting in Canada.  Click here for the article

Creating Hope Society of Alberta invites you to participate in Drumming/Dancing Lessons and Beading Classes on Monday evenings.  Click here for more information

Kalmahkotayo Parents Society - working for the best interest of our future leaders. Click here for more information

KidSport Alberta making a difference so ALL kids can PLAY! Click here for more information

Coyote Kids Weekly Program - A weekly Aboriginal Culture program for Aboriginal children ages 6-12 years; where they will learn about and take pride in their culture through elder teachings, activities, and crafts. They will also have the opportunity to earn badges, t-shirts, awards and attend the annual summer camp. Contact Andrea W. at 780-481-3451 for more information.

Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research introduce their Business course and upcoming programs at Athabasca University.  Click here for more information

Métis Training to Employment (MTE) - Our Programs provide Métis youth with skill development and real work experience that show what the future may hold.  Click here for more information

Oteenow – Employment & Training Society.  Oteenow has four streams of youth programming designed to empower youth, help them explore career options, and plan for future employment in the labour market.  Click here for more information

Trade Winds to Success Training Society – Putting Aboriginal People to Work in the Trades.  This 18 week Aboriginal pre-apprenticeship training program will provide the skills and knowledge to start a career in several trades. The program is open to Métis, Inuit and First Nations people of Alberta. Training is offered in Edmonton and Calgary.  Click here for more information

 


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** Reviews at Edmonton Public Schools - You will find an annotated bibliography that represent the diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures across Canada and some of the United States.

**New - Click here to find the First Nations & Métis Veterans Online Edukit

Inuit and Cree Edukits contain cultural items, photographs, books, traditional tools, literacy resources, activities, assessment suggestions and educators guide, designed for a hands-on minds-on opportunity for staff and students to be engaged in Aboriginal education. The Edukits align with and are intended to enhance the grades 2, 4 and 5 Alberta Programs of Study.

Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) - Coming Full Circle Conference 2013. Click here for more information

Dreamcatcher Aboriginal Youth Conference – October 18 & 19, 2013. Dream, Learn, Achieve. Click here for more information

Call for Nominations for the Senator Thelma Chalifoux Awards. Potential candidates are individuals or organizations that have consistently demonstrated commitment to Aboriginal student success. Click here for more information

Pow wow Practice – Braided Journey’s family nights, learn to sing and dance. Bring your family and friends. Click here for more information

Use your recreational, sport, artistic, and people skills to make a difference this summer -
Applications are currently being accepted for Youth Mentors and Arts Mentors to work within the Alberta’s Future Leaders program (AFL) – for more information about the AFL program and a detailed job description, click here

K.A.S.P. Entertainment is an aboriginal owned business that promotes healthy lifestyles to communities throughout North America.  We provide positive role models, workshop facilitators, motivational speakers, performers, storytellers and more.  Click here for more information

The Métis Training to Employment Services can provide post-secondary funding for Métis students.  Click here for more information

ConocoPhillips Canada presents awards annually to Aboriginal students who demonstrate hard work and dedication in pursuit of higher learning. Efforts can include upgrading their secondary education or entering a post-secondary program. Awards are granted on a yearly basis and may be used to cover portions of tuition, books or living expenses.  Click here for more information

The Media Awareness Network has an interesting article on The Development of Aboriginal Broadcasting in Canada.  Click here for the article

KidSport Alberta making a difference so ALL kids can PLAY! Click here for their website

Daytrippers is a non-profit charity that was established to fund day trips for school children who otherwise might not be able to afford to go. Click here for more information

Coyote Kids Weekly Program - A weekly Aboriginal Culture program for Aboriginal children ages 6-12 years; where they will learn about and take pride in their culture through elder teachings, activities, and crafts. They will also have the opportunity to earn badges, t-shirts, awards and attend the annual summer camp. Contact Andrea W. at 780-481-3451 for more information.

Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research introduce their Business course and upcoming programs at Athabasca University. Click here for more information

 

Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR) - The Aboriginal EnviroCareers online resource features 15 lesson plans for grades 9-12 that help teachers integrate career awareness into science and other subject areas.  Click here for more information

Oteenow – Employment & Training Society.  Oteenow has four streams of youth programming designed to empower youth, help them explore career options, and plan for future employment in the labour market.  Click here for more information

Trade Winds to Success Training Society – Putting Aboriginal People to Work in the Trades.  This 18 week Aboriginal pre-apprenticeship training program will provide the skills and knowledge to start a career in several trades. The program is open to Métis, Inuit and First Nations people of Alberta. Training is offered in Edmonton and Calgary.  Click here for more information